05/17/2016 11:36AM

Orientate picks up mantle as Maryland's leading active sire

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Orientate is the leading active sire in Maryland based on progeny earnings in 2015.

Northview Stallion Station had a stranglehold on the Maryland general sire list in 2015, being represented by the top four sires in the state by progeny earnings.

Its long-dominant sire Not For Love, now pensioned, was still at the top, and he was followed by deceased Lion Hearted, Orientate, and Great Notion. The sire list includes all active stallions as well as those pensioned or deceased who last stood in the state.

Picking up the mantle among active sires at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., is Orientate, who stands the 2016 season for $5,000.

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Orientate, a son of the high-class sprinter Mt. Livermore out of the Cox’s Ridge mare Dream Team, sired two black-type winners in 2015, and his 56 winners were second to Not For Love.

David Wade, general manager of Northview, said Orientate’s popularity and success is due to his versatility as a sire who can cross with a large number of broodmare sires.

“He’s an outcross with most any mare, yet his nick ratings are high with almost every popular broodmare sire line,” Wade said. “He’s a horse that can really get you a runner and one of the most underrated and best-valued sires in the country, along with Great Notion.”

Orientate, champion sprinter of 2002 after winning that year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint, first went to stud at the place of his breeder, Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Ky. He stood his first season there in 2003 for a fee of $25,000. His last year there was 2012 when standing for a fee of $7,500. He moved for the 2013 season to take up residence at Northview, one of the leading stallion farms in the region, with stud operations in both Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Orientate has sired 46 stakes winners in his first 11 crops of racing age. He’s the sire of two Grade 1 winners – Alabama Stakes winner Lady Joanne and Humana Distaff winner Intangaroo – as well as six other graded stakes winners. His progeny have earned an average of $42,670 per runner. His progeny are much like him – most are sprinters. The average winning distance of his career 486 winners of 1,826 races is 6.53 furlongs.

Wade said the sweep of top four places on the state sire list is a testament to the work put in every year in getting new stallions and supporting them with good books of mares. Northview has to immediately replace two of the top stallions in the state and has some new stallions with that goal in mind.

“We’re trying to continue the momentum with our up-and-coming young guns,” Wade said of the new sires now in the stallion barn in Maryland, which has a total of six. “Redeemed [by Include] has 2-year-olds this year. Buffum [by Bernardini], next year. And, Bandbox [by Tapit] in 2018. Golden Lad [by Medaglia d’Oro] went to stud this season and already has over 100 mares on his book. You can’t take a vacation in this business.”

Perennial Maryland leading sire Not For Love was far and away the state’s leading sire by progeny earnings in 2015.

Last year on the track, Not For Love was the sire of two black-type stakes winners, Love That Jazz and Can’t Explain, and the earners of $3,048,364, more than $1 million more than deceased Lion Hearted.

Not For Love has sired 85 stakes winners, and his progeny have earned more than $71.9 million.

“He’s doing really well,” Wade said of Not For Love, a son of Mr. Prospector. “For a 26-year-old, he’s keeping weight on and staying active in his paddock. When the trailers roll in at breeding time, his eyes still get big and he starts nickering.”